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Jack L. Sr.
Former Sylvania, Ohio
resident Jack L. Holliday Sr., died peacefully on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2013, at the Grant Medical Center following an extended battle with heart and lung disease. He was 78 years old.
On December 9, 1935, Jack was born in Toledo, Ohio, his parents, the late Don and Helen (Leonard) Holliday. He was raised in Sylvania, Ohio, where he graduated from Sylvania Burnham High School in the Class of 1954.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Panama from 1956 to 1958. Upon his honorable discharge, Jack returned home to Sylvania, Ohio, where he joined the Sylvania Township Fire Department, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief. He became a
career firefighter for Ottawa Hills from 1961 to 1972. In 1972, Jack became one of the first ten career firefighters for Sylvania Township. He then served as the Fire Chief for the Hays, Kansas fire
department. Jack and his family moved to Marion, Ohio, where he took over as the fire chief for the Marion Township Fire Department from 1977, until his retirement in 1994.
He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife of 51 years, Margie Vaughn (Brenner) Holliday of Marion, whom he married on June 16, 1962;
two children, Jack (Joanne) Holliday Jr. of Marion, and Susan (Richard) Kennedy of LaRue, and many extended family members.
Jack's family will greet friends from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring his life and service as a firefighter will also be held there on Monday, at 2 p.m., with Rev. David Hoffman officiating. Military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow his services at the funeral home. Concluding his services will be a procession honoring his service as a firefighter, which will end at the Knights of
Columbus Hall, Marion, OH 43302.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Holliday Scholarship Fund, to help educate and train firefighters, and the Marion Concert Band, and they may be sent to the funeral home.
Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Jack's family, and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting
Denzer-Farison-Hottinger and Snyder Funeral Home
360 East Center Street Marion, OH 43302
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 4, 2014